Introduction to Thurmont, Maryland

Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick county, is 14 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 48 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland. There are an estimated 5,588 people in the town.

Thurmont History

Thurmont, which was established in 1751, was originally named Mechanicstown, until the state legislature changed it to Thurmont on January 18, 1894. The town, which was founded by Jacob Weller, is located in Frederick Country, which was created in 1748. The county was formed out of Prince George's and Baltimore Counties.

Thurmont and Nearby Attractions

  • Mountain Gate Plaza Shopping Center
  • Cunningham Falls State Park
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Gambrill State Park
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
  • Catoctin Furnace

Things To Do In Thurmont

Thurmont provides various recreational opportunities. One can visit the Cunningham Falls State Park, the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, and the Catoctin Mountain Park. The Catoctin Furnace is also worth visiting. The Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine are less than half an hour's drive away. Thurmont also celebrates the Catoctin Colorfest every year in October.

Thurmont Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Thurmont Higher Education

Frederick Community College, Western Maryland College, and Gettysburg College are only a few miles away.


Total Population 6,333
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,114
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 56.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.6%
Median Earnings25+ $42,861
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $5,847
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,920


Median Family Income $83,913
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $883
Median House Value $234,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 13.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Thurmont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles N of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland
County Frederick
Standard Zip Codes 21788
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.623
Longitude -77.411

Thurmont Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Thurmont, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Graceham (21788)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Emmitsburg 3,001 $67,500
Myersville 1,859 $135,515
Smithsburg 3,001 $87,841
Taneytown 6,738 $79,510
Walkersville 5,966 $103,672
Woodsboro 1,202 $98,636

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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